Anchorage SD Anchorage School District
Anchorage School District remade its menus with students input. New items are first tested at special theme days.

How Anchorage SD overhauled menus to be more nutritious and delicious

With the support of a new administration, Laura Phillips, RD., was able to make sweeping changes to the menus, which feed more than 48,000 students.

As the largest district in Alaska, Anchorage School District (ASD) feeds lots of kids—48,000 across 85 school sites to be exact. Up to the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, lunch menus had been focused more on convenience and cost. Unpopular items like sweet potato tots and frozen fish were rife and almost immediately put into the trash the minute they were served.

When Laura Phillips, RD, registered dietitian and menu manager for ASD, came on board a year and a half ago,

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